WATCH: What first made you into a geek? Fans share their origin stories

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Jun 12, 2018, 4:22 PM EDT (Updated)

What was the one thing that turned you into a geek in the first place? Fans all over the world have different stories as to which movies, TV series, books, comic books, video games — and everything in-between — captured their hearts and imagination and turned them into full-blown, life-long geeks.

Most of us have experienced the thrilling moment when something captured our imagination so vividly that we suddenly felt the need to get our hands on everything (and anything) we could find relating to the object of our first geek love. Including buying tie-in books, getting our hands on memorabilia, becoming a card-carrying member of every imaginable fan club under the sun, and so on. For example, who hasn't been a member of the Star Wars or Star Trek fan clubs at some point in their lives?

SYFY WIRE asked a bunch of sci-fi, fantasy and horror fans to tell us their origin stories: specifically, what turned them into geeks in the first place. While it's not hard to imagine that Star Trek, Star Wars and Harry Potter have pride of place, they are not the only franchises that introduced people to the wonderful world of geekdom... and some answers may even surprise you.


What about you? What was the thing that turned you into a geek in the first place? Chime in with your comments below.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.